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Mauritius needs an options market

Over the past decade, derivative markets in emerging market economies (EMEs) have grown at a rapid pace. In layman terms, a derivative is a contract that derives its value from the performance of an underlying security...

By Yvan Byeajee

CGMAs to speak at ACOA 2015

Africa's foremost CGMAs, Chartered Global Management Accountants, will be presenting at the Africa Congress of Accountants from 12-14 May in Mauritius...

AECI plans to reduce its reliance on a weak SA

JSE-listed AECI plans to start producing explosives in Australia by year-end‚ as the chemicals and explosives firm looks to reduce its reliance on South Africa's weak mining and manufacturing sectors.

By Nick Hedley

Famous Brands revenue up 12%, expands further in Africa

Famous Brands, which owns Steers‚ Wimpy and Debonairs, plans to open 243 new restaurants in the coming year after reporting record turnover and profit for the year. It is also planning to enter Angola and Ghana.

By Zeenat Moorad

Grand Parade ups its stake in Mac Brothers

Grand Parade, the company responsible for bringing Burger King to SA‚ said it bought a further 32.9% stake in Mac Brothers for R42,79 million‚ to achieve cost efficiencies and gain greater access to the African markets.

African fund eyes JSE

JSE investors will gain access to the dollar-based returns generated by shopping centres, offices, warehouses and hotels in countries such as Morocco, Mozambique, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria when Sandile Nomvete's Delta Property Fund brings the first outright African real estate offering to the market next month.

By Joan Muller

Virtual trading simulation laboratory launched

The University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM) and Bourse Africa have jointly launched a virtual trading simulation laborotory with the aim of fostering financial talent and further development of Mauritian financial markets.

Zimbabwe takes heart from Antwerp trial sale of gems

Zimbabwe is planning a second auction of its Marange diamonds next February‚ buoyed by the interest in and sale of more than 279‚000 carats of diamonds in Antwerp‚ Belgium. The sale raked in US$10.7m.

By Ray Ndlovu

Barloworld plans Africa expansion

Barloworld is targeting six sectors to boost the growth of its business and is busy positioning itself "o expand into west and east Africa‚ according to company chief executive Clive Thomson.

By Nick Hedley

Woolworths buys back African franchises

Woolworths said on Tuesday, 5 November, that it had signed agreements to purchase its franchise businesses in Botswana‚ Namibia‚ Swaziland and Ghana.

By Zeenat Moorad

Luxury brands turn attention to Africa

Africa's growing middle class has expensive tastes and research by Bain & Company suggests that luxury goods sales will increase by 11% this year - demonstrating the continent's potential for upmarket goods.

By Zeenat Moorad

Shoprite turnover up 10.2% for September quarter

Shoprite Holdings‚ Africa's biggest retail group‚ reported that its turnover had increased by 10.2% in the three months to September.

Famous Brands half-year earnings up 20% to 180c

Fast food group Famous Brands reported a 20% increase in headline earnings per share to 180c for the six months to August.

Distell sees cider as means to quench thirst for growth in Africa

After two major acquisitions in international cognac and whisky brands‚ Stellenbosch-based liquor group Distell will now be prioritising the global growth of its highly-profitable cider brands.

By Marc Hasenfuss

Premier buys Li-Lets to get other FMCG categories says Brait

The purchase of feminine hygiene brand Lil-Lets Group by Brait company Premier Foods is part of a broader strategy to expand Premier across other fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) categories according to Brait director Sean Dougherty.

By Nick Hedley

Divisions over 'aggressive' tax planning

Tax authorities are being more aggressive in challenging companies' tax practices, but this is leading to a disparity over what tax practitioners and politicians consider aggressive tax planning.

By Amanda Visser

Property listings on the move

The sell-off in property stocks over the past four months has made it less attractive for unlisted real estate companies and developers to bring their shopping centres, offices and warehouses to the JSE. Since May prices have dropped around 13% and yields have risen from an average 6,2% to 7%.

By Joan Muller

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad

Crunch time for fruit exports

After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.

Africa fund heads for JSE

Three years ago only a handful of formal shopping centres exceeding 10,000m² were scattered across Africa north of SA's borders. And not a single JSE-listed property company had a presence on the continent.

By Joan Muller

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